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Your First Apartment Checklist For Carmel

You found the ideal place with the optimal floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you completed the contract, boxed up your stuff, and you’re ready for moving day. However, knowing what to bring with you can get confusing. What should be on your first apartment checklist for Carmel?

Here’s a short list of the essentials that you’ll want to move in. You might be able to bring some of these checklist items from your current home, but other things might take a trip to IKEA or Carmel’s local furniture outlet. Online stores such as Ebay usually carry these items as well. We’ll also show you a short list of helpful things that can make your first year more comfortable.

Carmel apartment bedroom 

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These necessary household items are ideal for a one-bedroom apartment, as everyone needs a place to put your bed and stash your clothes. If you will lease a larger apartment, these things also work well for a guest room.


  • Mattress

  • Two good pillows

  • Bed sheets

  • Bed quilt or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Armoire or dresser

  • Clothes hangers

Additional items:

  • Headboard for your bed

  • Large mirror

  • Bedside table and table lamp

  • Collapsible laundry hamper

  • Extra blankets

  • TV

  • Shoe rack

Carmel apartment living room

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Living Room

Whether you refer to it as the living room or the family room, it’s the space where you’ll spend most of your time. It’s also the room where you’ll entertain (although all parties wind up in the kitchen).


  • Sofa or a few comfy chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • TV stand or entertainment center

  • TV

Also nice:

  • Side tables

  • Shelves for books, photos, or knick-knacks

  • Accent pillows and napping blankets

  • Large area rug

Carmel apartment kitchen area

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Area

The kitchen is easier to know what you need for a first-time renter because a lot of of your appliances -- such as the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- are already in your apartment. You only really need a place to eat in the dining area, but make sure it seats at least four people. Even if you live by yourself, it’s good to have room for a meal with friends or family.


  • Dining table and chairs (for at least 4)

  • Dishware included plates, glasses, and silverware (4 place settings)

  • Mugs

  • Can opener, spatula, kitchen scissors

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A good skillet or frying pan

  • A cookie sheet

  • A sharp chef knife

  • Pot for soup

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or china cabinet for storing extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Spices, including salt and pepper

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • plastic or glass storage containers

  • Corkscrew, apple corer, and other cooking gadgets

  • A knife set with stand

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always good to move in with a fully-stocked kitchen

Carmel apartment bathroom

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom won’t need too much, as the bath tub, toilet, sinks, and mirrors will be there already. If you’re stocking a guest bathroom, you only need toilet paper, hand soap, and a hand towel. There are only a few essentials needed for your main or master bath but not as many as in your other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Hand soap

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other individual sundries

  • Shampoo

  • Bath and small hand towels

  • Shower liner, shower curtain, and hooks

  • Trash can

Also Nice:

  • Shower mat

  • Wall hooks for bathrobes and towels

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

Carmel apartment cleaning supplies

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: Other Items

Some necessities aren’t just for a single room. Get these household items for a smooth transition.


  • Cleaning supplies

  • Trash cans for each room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

  • Small tool set that includes a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer, and wrench

Also Nice:

  • Pictures or photos for your wall

  • Desk for work or bills

  • Small accessories

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Sweeper or mop

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Patio doormat

  • Duffle bag and towels for the apartment swimming pool and workout center

Find Your First Carmel Apartment At Highpointe on Meridian Apartments

Don’t forget, the first item on your first apartment checklist should be signing a lease for your new apartment! Come and visit Highpointe on Meridian Apartments and discover the ideal community for your first place. Call us at 317-342-0670 or click the Schedule a Tour button and visit us soon!

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